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Tits up : what sex workers, milk bankers, plastic surgeons, bra designers, and witches tell us about breasts / Sarah Thornton.

"After years of biopsies, best-selling author Sarah Thornton made the difficult decision to have a double mastectomy. But, after her reconstructive surgery, she was perplexed: What had she lost? And gained? An experienced sleuth, she resolved to venture behind the scenes to uncover the social and cultural significance of breasts. Riotous and galvanizing, Tits Up excavates the diverse truths of mammary glands from the strip club to the operating room, from the nation's oldest human milk bank to the fit rooms of bra designers. Thornton draws insights from plastic surgeons, lactation consultants, body-positive witches, lingerie models, and "free the nipple" activists to explore the status of breasts as emblems of femininity. She examines how women's chests have become a billion-dollar business, as well as a stage for debates about race, class, gender, and desire. Everywhere she turns, Thornton encounters chauvinistic myths about this elemental body part that quietly justify deficits in women's bodily autonomy and endorse shortfalls in their political status. Blending sociology, reportage, and personal narrative with refreshing optimism and wit, Thornton has one overriding ambition--to liberate breasts from centuries of patriarchal prejudice."

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  • ISBN: 9780393881028
  • ISBN: 0393881024
  • Physical Description: 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, [2024]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: reclaiming a part of womanhood -- Hardworking tits -- Lifesaving jugs -- Treasured chests -- Active apexes -- Holy mammaries -- Conclusion: toward a liberated rack.
Subject: Breast > Social aspects.
Breast > Popular works.
Body image in women.

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Easton Main Library 612.664 T514t (Text) 31901004794667 New Adult Nonfiction On Holds Shelf -

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